Category: anthony abbate

A bit of a mystery species.   

A bit of a mystery species.   

Melissodes tinctus

Almost all of the records are ancient with almost no recent records.  Here is a recent one though.  This is from a study of Florida coastal dune bee communities by Anthony Abbate…who should be getting his Master’s degree out of this any day.  This one found in Broward County.  Note how very white and hairy this lovely little gem is.  What pollen does it feed on…why does it seem to be so very uncommon/rare now?  Who is looking? Photo by Greta Forbes.

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